46 - Old Weir
A short but partly ‘grunty’ walk up though native bush and birds to a pretty and interesting old weir.
Time: 45 minutes
Area: Marsden Valley, Stoke.
Start Location: Drive up the Marsden Valley Road past the cemetery to the start of the school plantings. Look for the sign for the Barnicoat walkway where there is a carpark.
Just before the quarry entrance, cross the bridge on your right and take the gravel track up to the locked double gate.
Ignore the road which curves off to the right across the river to the Barnicoat and walk on through the school plantings. Carry on up the hill as it steepens, through tutu, taupata, lemonwood and wineberry. The road flattens out at the Old Weir, the original Ngawhatu Hospital water supply.
Turn back and retrace your steps to the carpark at the bottom of the valley. On the way down there is a good view out to Tasman Bay.